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June 2015 Archives

The Fourth Amendment prohibits warrantless house searches

We have spoken about the Fourth Amendment several times in this blog. One of the cornerstones of American criminal procedure, the amendment provides us with a fundamental limitation on the government’s power to search our homes, bodies and property for evidence that we committed a crime.

College students could face expulsion for relatively minor charges

Criminal charges can be disruptive to anyone’s life, but college students are in an especially precarious position. In many cases, a conviction could seriously hamper future career prospects, and even lead to being expelled from school.

Ingham County Prosecutor reports spike in embezzlement cases

Embezzlement remains a relatively rare charge in Ingham County, but it appears that county prosecutors are finding more of it these days. Criminal cases involving allegations of embezzlement went up more than 50 percent last year, according to the Lansing State Journal.

Supreme Court sets higher level for convictions for threats

There has long been a tension in the U.S. between the First Amendment right to freedom of speech, and whether people have the right not to receive threats against them. On June 1, the U.S. Supreme Court said that a person’s words alone cannot be the basis of a crime, just because they seem threatening to the reader or listener.

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